A tattoo is a lifelong commitment, but Halloween is a one-night stand. Get the transformative powers of the former and the impermanence of the latter with our clip-art projects to adorn your skin, your home, and even your dessert.
Before she became a tattoo artist, Stephanie Tamez (who designed the clip art on these pages) was a graphic designer: â€śI learned to make strong images,â€ť she says -- like her renderings of these arachnids. Printed on transfer paper, they become a clutter of spiders that temporarily cover an arm, neck, and face.
The foliated skull and looping border were printed at home on transfer paper and applied to a store-bought mirror. Since it peels off easily, the design can be a temporary adornment.
He just might be the owl who stays all winter. This winged creature certainly ties into the nighttime imagery of Halloween but also makes for a pretty, multiseasonal focal point. The drawing is mounted onto foam board, positioned on a branch, and suspended with monofilament. Try it as a centerpiece or on a sideboard.
Finally, a costume that fits in your purse. Print out these dragonflies and butterflies beforehand. Theyâ€™re so easy to use that you can apply them between work and the party (in the office bathroom, no less). Mix up the motifs as you wish -- any of the clip art in this story makes a fast, convincing tattoo.
Vultures in flight call to mind the imagery of both classic tattoos and macabre Halloween. Here, theyâ€™re used as playful decorations, alighting (via monofilament) on a display of treat bagsâ€”an apt setup for a Halloween party or around the candy bowl on Halloween night.
Spindle tripod table, $495, michelevarian.com
The spider-and-vine design has been custom-printed with edible ink on a thin piece of fondant placed on top of a buttercream- frosted sheet cake. Heighten the drama by slicing a piece and adding a dribble of raspberry jam.
Custom frosting sheet, from $20 each, kopykake.com